HAY, James, a Representative from Virginia; born in Millwood, Clark County, Va.,
January 9, 1856; attended private schools and the University of Pennsylvania at
Philadelphia; was graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee
University, Lexington, Va., in 1877; was admitted to the bar and commenced
practice in Harrisonburg, Va., in 1877; moved to Madison, Va., in June 1879 and
continued the practice of law; Commonwealth attorney 1883-1896; member of the
State house of delegates 1885-1889; served in the State senate 1893-1897;
member of the Democratic State committee in 1888; delegate to the Democratic
National Convention in 1888; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to
the nine succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his
resignation on October 1, 1916; chairman, Committee on Military Affairs
(Sixty-second through Sixty-fourth Congresses); appointed judge of the United
States Court of Claims and served until December 1, 1927, when he resigned;
died in Madison, Va., June 12, 1931; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
BibliographyHerring, George C., Jr. James Hay and the Preparedness
Journal of Southern History 30 (November 1964): 383-404.